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This is a list of famous actors with red hair, most of whom are natural redheads, but I also included actors that have dyed their hair or may wear a red wig for a role.
Many of these actors are also accomplished directors, musicians, producers, and more.
Some of their roles were 'family-friendly' but sometimes they were in more serious adult-context roles... stage, screen, TV series, voice-overs, and special films. You'll recognize many of them on the following web pages and once you start looking. Lot of talented guys out there!
Adam Savage (born 1967) Entertaining co-host of US TV show ‘MythBusters’ on the Discovery Channel. He’s an actor, special effects engineer, sculptor, and educator. He's worked on movies/films and commercials plus has done research and development for toys, made props, and more. A very creative and interesting man who describes himself as a 'maker of things' who also happens to have wonderful red hair and beard!
Bill Mumy (born 1954). American actor and musician. Best known for TV and movies roles. The cute red head child actor became known for his 1960s role as Will Robinson in the sci-findings TV series ‘Lost in Space’. Also appeared in very early B&W ‘Twilight Zone’ episode.
Other roles include aide Lennier from the 1990s TV series ‘Babylon 5’, as well as an episode of 'Star Trek Deep Space Nine'- "The Siege of AR-558" as Kellin. Was a redhead in animated series ‘What’s New, Scooby Doo?' in February 2003.
His actress daughter, Liliana Mumy, also has red hair.
Chris Owen (born 1980) A US actor. Good in the family movie ‘October Sky’ as a nerd with red hair, Quentin Wilson, who helps his buddy build homemade rockets. Based on true story of a teen who witnessed the Soviet satellite, Sputnik, flying overhead and his passion for rockets.
Courtney Gaines (born 1965). US actor and musician, singer, songwriter. Has appeared in numerous TV shows but probably remembered for the red-haired teaser in the movie ‘Memphis Belle’. He’s also one of the weird hillbilly neighbors in the movie ‘The Burbs.’ (This photo is from the set of 'Children of the Corn' horror film.)
Damian Lewis (born 1971). English actor and producer, nominated for Golden Globe award. This famous actor is best known for his brilliant role as true-life soldier Major Richard Winters (actually a blonde), who was the famous soldier from World War II in the HBO miniseries ‘Band of Brothers’. This Emmy-award-winning series is excellent (parental guidance due to graphic war violence). He also played Soames Forsyte in the ITV miniseries ‘The Forsyte Saga.’ Cast as lead in new pilot series 'Homeland'as Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, to be aired 2011. This famous actor is definitely a gorgeous redhead with piercing blue eyes and the fair skin!
Danny Bonaduce (born 1959). Former US child actor initially best known for his role as redhead Danny Partridge in the US TV series ‘The Partridge Family’ during the 1970s. Unfortunately, later famous for his dysfunctional personal life and not the best role model. Decided to include him because of his success as a child and wonderful red hair. Hoping the best for him and that he finds contentment.
Eric Stoltz (born 1961). A US actor in film, TV, and Broadway as well as a director. Nominated for Golden Globe award for role in the 1985 film 'Mask' plus did well in 1987 film 'Some Kind of Wonderful.' Liked his performance as redhead Sgt. Danny Daly (‘Danny Boy’) in 1990 movie ‘Memphis Belle’ about WWII bomber crew. In 2010, this famous actor is in new TV series called 'Caprica' as 'Daniel Graystone' (in the US on the Syfy network).
Harpo Marx (Real name: Adolph Marx) (1888-1964) Part of the Marx Brothers comedy team, he played the harp (self-taught), never speaking and using a horn to communicate. This famous actor's trademark was his big old top hat, horn, and a curly red wig. Not easy to tell was red because most of their comedy films from the 1920s were black and white!
Jared Rushton (born 1974). US actor and musician. Known best as child actor appearing in movies like ‘Big’ and ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’. Not striking redhead but close enough to include.
Jeffrey Jones (born 1946). An American famous actor in film and TV. Funny in 1986 movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ as the bumbling Dean of Students, Edward R. Rooney. He’s also good as the fumbling Emperor Joseph II in excellent movie ‘Amadaeus’ about Mozart, although he's not a redhead here.
John Rhys-Davies (born 1944) Welsh actor and vocal artist. This famous actor is known for the wonderful bearded red head dwarf ‘Gimli’ in the movie trilogy 'The Lord of the Rings’, and he also voiced for ‘Treebeard’, the ent. Also famous for role in film ’Indiana Jones’ as the dark-haired excavator ‘Sallah’.
Jon Walmsley (born 1956). Although born in England, is a US actor, musician, producer. Most known for role as one of the boys, Jason Walton, in TV series ‘The Waltons’ in which he often played guitar and sang songs and was one of several redheads on the series. Look for the 2 "Jon Walmsley" YouTube videos of him performing (from "The Waltons" show and also "Live") on my "Your Videos" page.
David Caruso (born 1956). US movie and TV actor, writer, producer. This famous actor is known currently for his role in the TV series ‘CSI: Miami’ as redhead Lieutenant Horatio Caine.
Kevin McKidd (born 1973). Wonderful redhead Scottish actor doing films, voice work, and TV roles. Probably best known for TV roles as 'Dr. Owen Hunt' on series 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Lucius Vorenus' on 'Rome'.
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Richard ‘Red’ Skelton (1913-1997). Talented US comedian famous for his popular radio and TV shows from about 1930s to 1970. He was a wonderful clown, talented mime, vaudeville and Broadway star, actor in movies and on radio, stand-up comedian in clubs, and a painter. Used to love watching this famous actor's old TV shows that gave us a lot of chuckles.
Nicknamed ‘Red’ because of his bright red hair. He continued to perform into his senior years, gray hair an all!